The photo's were a treat and my reaction to some of them surprised me. I originally thought the picture below used in promotional material was of two women at a local party. It was only when I saw it in the context of the other pictures that a more complex picture began to form: gambling dens and the Kray twins (famous gangsters in East London in the 1960's), I realised there was more to these ladies than met the eye.
The era was also made more interesting by the number of people of colour captured in the photo's, part of the life of the nightclubs and dens.
This picture made me feel very uncomfortable, not sure why. Maybe because you can't see his eyes, maybe its the booze. But where as I didn't see anything untoward in the first picture above, for some reason this one felt a little sinister, although I don't think its meant to be.
Certainly, despite having grown up in East London, Bailey's photo's captured an East End that I did not recognise at all.
Pictures from the last era showed how much this part of the world had changed. These included pictures of women in hijab and Green Street (below), certainly, places much more recognisable to me.
Certainly an exhibition that I enjoyed and which made me think.